Then we have the symbol of being under water. I tell some of the baptismal candidates when meeting with them ahead of time that once they are under the water, the congregation votes how long they should stay under water. The voting process
People even look at salvation and Christianity in this way, R.T.Kendall tells of a man he knew that illustrates this well. The man tried every Christian denomination, in his time had been a signed up as a member of thirteen different churches and just in case was baptised every way possible full
Contributed by David Fox on Nov 10, 2001
“Baptism” – Comes from the Greek word
- “Baptismo” which means to immerse or dunk.
Baptismo is a word which was used to describe:
a) Sinking ships as they sank water would fill
the inside of ship.
b) Another usage describes a garment being
immersed into dye… the dye
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Mar 14, 2011
In AD 753, Pope Stephen was driven from Rome by Adolphus, King of the Lombards. He fled to Pipen. While he was there, he was asked by the monks of Cressy, in Brittany, if, in the case of necessity, baptism poured on the head would be lawful, in place of immersion. This was 723 years after the
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Feb 25, 2009
Scripturally a Jew is anyone who has renounced idolatry and thrown in his lot with the people of the one true God. Historically there have been three rites involved in receiving proselytes into Judaism: circumcision, water immersion, and a sacrifice.
The central ritual of admittance into
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jul 27, 2009
(Regarding the Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch)
"Note also that baptism is by immersion: they came up out of the water. Otherwise, the Ethiopian could have just opened his canteen (goatskin)
Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Apr 14, 2008
Ivan the Great was the tsar of Russia during the Fifteenth Century. He brought together the warring tribes into one vast empire. As a fighting man he was courageous. As a general he was brilliant. He drove out the enemies and established peace across the nation.
Ivan was so busy waging his
Contributed by Troy Borst on Aug 20, 2007
ILLUSTRATION… Today in the Word, March 10, 1993.
Deeply immersed in meditation during a church service, Italian poet Dante Alighieri failed to kneel at the appropriate moment. His enemies hurried to the bishop and demanded that Dante be punished for his sacrilege. Dante defended himself by
Contributed by Sherry Proskine on Nov 21, 2007
Nowadays when you buy an appliance, anything electronic...they offer you a guarantee. So if you scratch it, drop it, immerse it...it’s covered and will be replaced. God offers us a guarantee. He guarantees to protect us, keep us and guide us
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Mar 27, 2011
BAPTIZE THE WALLET, TOO
A man who was about to be baptized by immersion was on his way into the pool when he realized that in his back pocket was his wallet. He stopped and was about to remove it when the preacher said, "Stop! Either I baptize you wallet and all or not at all!"
Contributed by Pat Cook on Aug 4, 2003
There’s a story of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, who was deeply immersed in meditation during a church service, and he failed to kneel at the appropriate moment. His enemies hurried to the bishop and demanded that Dante be punished for his sacrilege. Dante defended himself by saying, “If those
Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 8, 2001
In my "Reader’s Digest - Jesus and His Times" (copy write 1987 - from which much of this information is derived), there is a picture of a "Mikvah" that has been discovered in Masada (the ancient fortress built by Herod which held off the Romans for so long after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.).
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jan 20, 2014
As a boy I saw an advertisement in a comic book that appealed to my scientific nature. The product being offered for sale was called a "miracle plant." The ad declared that the plant would be dead when received by the purchaser; but when placed in water, it would soon "miraculously" return to
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Aug 4, 2001
A Methodist pastor says to a Baptist pastor, “If I immerse somebody just up to his ankles, it that enough?” “No,” answers the Baptist. “How about up to his knees?” “Nope.” “How about up to his shoulders?” “No sir!” “You mean I’ve got to get the water over the top of his head?” “That’s
In the 44th chapter of his book, My Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis responds to Christ’s admonition to turn our focus away from the things of this world with the following prayer:
“To what have we come, Lord? Behold, we bewail a temporal loss. We labor and fret for a small gain, while loss
Contributed by Davon Huss on Feb 5, 2008
When we reach for the sponge that we use to wipe off the counter, the first thing we do is get the sponge wet, because the sponge is crispy and crusty and hard and brittle, and we can’t use the sponge for anything until we get it wet. People come with crusty and hard hearts. Take that hard heart
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 14, 2009
Italian Poet Dante Alighieri Criticized by Enemies During Church Service
Deeply immersed in meditation during a church service, Italian poet Dante Alighieri failed to kneel at the appropriate moment. His enemies hurried to the bishop and demanded that Dante be punished for his sacrilege. Dante
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
People within the Christian community are just as immersed in digital technologies and social networks as those outside. Both evangelicals and born-agains emerged as statistically on-par with national norms when it comes to technological habits. The one exception is access to
Contributed by James Chandler on Aug 4, 2003
Salvation is not a destination but a journey. Salvation does not bring us to immersion to leave us. Salvation takes us on a journey that will takes up places we have never been. See things we have never seen. Reach heights we have never reached.
I was on the side of the rock climbing wall.
Contributed by Scott Jensen on Oct 8, 2008
A Baptist congregation installed a new full immersion baptistery in the sanctuary as part of an extensive remodeling project. But the county building inspector wouldn’t okay its’ installation. “I can’t,” he said, “unless it has a separate septic tank.”
The trusties couldn’t understand why a